let me know what you think of this: 24 hours of chow. first, Ms. VI and i recently discovered a 24 hour espresso stand in river grove, and that has me intrigued by the idea of espresso at 3 AM. Then, there was the postings on 24 hour restaurants, Korean and otherwise. finally, there was some stuff from Zim about intense chowhounding with an out-of-town friend. it got me thinking that there is a time and a place for different places. and a time and a place to try them all at once. it would be fun to do them all in one fell swoop. pipedream?
it is just an idea bubbling in my mind, but i envision something like beginning with triple filtered coffee and marmalade slathered greek toast at lou mitchells, followed later on by pho and iced coffee. Since we would be in the neigborhood, we could then pick up some chinese meats and bale sandwhiches for snacking as the day went on. Mid-morning would see apple pancakes/german pancakes at walker brothers. breaded steak sandwiches at la milanese might be a good lunch. mid-afternoon shots and sandwiches at the berghoff would get us through the afternoon, then maybe various devon "snacks" for a light dinner. For desert, we go for the $25 desert degustation at tru followed by artisinal ice cream. Obviously, as the night went on, there would be fried jumbo shrimp, kalbi, donuts, polish, etc. At some point, needing caffeine fortification, we could stop at this mysterious 24 hour european coffee shop camouflaged in a suburban strip mall.
in between chow, we could visit things like markets or used bookstores or maybe take a quick run to the boats in hammond (on the excuse that we need some lake pearch). on the way south, we could look for bean pies. we can see if the drinks at map room are really as good as rene says there are and also check if a 1920 glass of maderia is worth the money (all the chowhounds pool their money for one glass and take turns having micro-sips). finally, we see if there is a place for a decent slice of pie.
what do you think, of the idea, would it fly. obviously, the logistics are a nightmare. i'd like to think someone has a groovy 70's era van, complete with porthole window and captain chairs to drive us around or in the alternative, a mini-van.
what day of the week. some of the experiences are pure week day, other things are weekend orientated, for instance a trip to maxwell street. 9 to 5ers have one set of parameters, free-lancers (like me) have a different set of hours to work with.
as to cost, it would be rather a buy what you want kind of thing, so if you wanted to spend your money on bubble tea and skip the argentinian empanda's, that would be ok.
i have already recruited one camp follower to this quest, so i am going to try to do something. what exactly, i am not sure, and i want some more input.